The Antiques & Garden Fair returns for the twelfth year to the Chicago Botanic Garden, running through Sunday, April 22. While 24 display gardens bloom outside, more than 100 dealers from Europe and the United States will showcase the best in antique garden furnishings, botanical art, and home and garden design.
Two speakers will give lectures during the Fair: David Easton at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, and David Howard at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Honorary Chair Easton is one of the world’s most sought-after interior designers. While he has made his name as a new-classicist, his expertise in architecture and decoration is without question. He was most recently honored by his peers with the “Lifetime Achievement” award at London’s Design & Decoration Awards. During his lecture, A Design Journey of the Past, Present, and Future, Easton will lead a virtual journey of garden design from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Ancient Rome and beyond.
Special Guest David Howard, former head gardener at Highgrove, will give the lecture, My Gardening Life, discussing 40 years of gardening in the U.K. He will discuss his close collaboration with H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, on his extraordinary creation, Highgrove, one of the most important gardens in Europe (pictured below) and a foremost example of organic gardening. Howard trained at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and the Botanical Gardens, Gothenburg, Sweden.